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Subject: Janome Mb 4 opinions needed Date: 2/1/14 12:15 PM

Hello all--
I've been a long time member here and have appreciated all the information that is available. Its helped me many times. But this is my first post.
I am toying with the idea of buying a 4 needle embroidery machine.
A Janome Mb 4.
Does anyone here have one and are they worth the money for non-commercial use?
I currently have a Pfaff 2170 which I only sew/quilt on, never have used the embroidery. I bought it used in 2007 and I tried at first to embroider on it but never could figure it out and since I work two jobs I never had time for classes.
And I also have a Janome 350e on which I to do all my embroidering.
But I'd like to have bigger hoops.
I saw a Janome Mb 4 and now I'm trying to figure out how many grandchildren to put in a Pawn shop so I can buy one!!!
But first I'd like to know if it really does much more to be worth the cost.
thanks in advance.
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Date: 2/2/14 0:32 AM

I have a Brother 6 needle and I don't have a business. I bought it lightly used, for less than the TOL machines I was looking at.
I love how fast it sews, and not having to rethread. For me it was worth it.

My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 10, and I've been sewing ever since.

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Date: 2/4/14 4:03 AM

For the not much more cost than the 4 needle Janome, you can get a lightly used Brother or BabyLock 6 needle that has more features and function. When I worked for a dealer, we had several people come and want to trade in the Janome towards the Brother/BabyLock 6 needle. That was probably the ONLY trade-in that this dealer wouldn't take. Most of them bought the 6 needle and sold the Janome on their own.

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Date: 2/4/14 7:06 AM

I do have a business, it's not completely embroidery centered, but I do use my machine on some things. But, I'm going to join the chorus and tell you to consider a 6 needle Brother.

I bought mine used also, and I'm very happy with it. There are a lot of lightly used multi-needle brother machines out there for very good prices. They are very dependable and there is a ton of information on and support for these machines. If you look around, you can buy one of these for less than the Janome costs new.

And, even if you don't use the machine for business, you are probably going to want more than 4 needles. Right now, I want a 10 needle so bad that I'm avoiding my dealer, because I would be very tempted to trade up.

I just don't think the Janome offers enough advantages to justify the price. And I'm not sure it's as versatile as the Brother, I would check into being able to purchase things like Fast Frames (that allow you to embroider things like sleeves and bags easily), support tables, and hat hooks for it. If these things aren't available, I think you'll find the machine is limiting you very quickly.

And you really don't have anywhere to go with the Janome, if find you really really love multi-needle embroidery, you can't trade up, and take most of your accesories with you to the bigger better machine.

Just my opinion. Any multi-needle is a big investment and you want to get as much out of it as you can.
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